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Best Family-Friendly Activities In Charlotte For St. Patrick’s Day 2014

March 7, 2014 8:00 AM

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(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Charlotte, North Carolina has one of the country’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades. It’s a fabulous, family-friendly start to a weekend of festivities celebrating Irish heritage, culture and all things green. If you are not a parade fan, don’t worry – there’s plenty for you and your children to enjoy. Even if you aren’t Irish, there’s fun to be had.
18th Annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Tryon St. and 9th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(803) 802-1678

Date: March 15, 2014 11 a.m.

Bagpipes, kilts, flags and floats – add in a handful of Irish dancers and tons of spectators and you have the recipe for a one-of-a-kind celebration. As many as 70,000 people have lined the streets of Uptown so they could catch a glimpse at Charlotte’s amazing tribute to Irish culture. Get there early so you and your children can stake out the perfect viewing spot.

Charlotte Goes Green
S. Tryon St. between 3rd St. and Stonewall St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(803) 802-1678

Date: March 15, 2014 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This free festival suitable for kids and adults turns Uptown into an Irish experience. There’s the Celtic Kids Zone that offers all sorts of child-based activities, a stage where Irish dancers and musicians including Federal Clan Kings & Lissakeole will perform, bagpipers and plenty of Irish and Celtic heritage on display. If shopping is your pleasure, there are vendors selling Irish- and Celtic-related items. And, as no festival is ever complete without food options, there will be both the usual festival foods and Irish-specific food and beverage choices.

St. Patrick’s Day On Main – Rock Hill
Main Street Old Town
Rock Hill, SC 29732
(803) 329-8756

Date: March 17, 2014 10 a.m.

Just a few minutes drive from Charlotte is Rock Hill, South Carolina. Its annual St. Patrick’s Day On Main festival is held in its Old Town to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture. Federal Clan Kings & The Thistledown Tinkers will be performing live for the crowd. In addition, there will be a bagpiper, Irish dancers and plenty of vendors selling Irish and Celtic items. There’s an amusement area for children along with an abundance of food and beverage booths. Stop by and celebrate.

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Green River Revival
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 391-3900

Date: March 15, 2014 at 1 p.m.

How often do you get to see the Catawba River turn green? At the Whitewater Center, the rapids turn green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re a runner, check out the 5K run at 10 a.m., where the runners will be doused in green powder along the route. If that doesn’t sound like enough fun, once the rapids go green, the live music begins. You can visit the Center for free, although there is a five dollar parking fee. It’s a great opportunity to kick back as a family and enjoy.

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Atlanta Hawks Time Warner Cable Arena
333 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 688-9000

Date: March 17, 2014 at 7 p.m.

After a long weekend of Celtic activities, spend the night at the Bobcats game, enjoying a good game of hoops with your children. Make it fun for your children and take the Light Rail to the Time Warner Arena so they can enjoy a new view of Charlotte.

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Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on

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